Tag Archives: EIOPA

EIOPA publishes Q&As on application of IDD

The first set of Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the application of the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) were published today by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).  Answers were given to questions on the requirements for the Product Oversight and Governance (POG) arrangements and for Insurance Based Investment Products (IBIPs).  Some of the Q&As […]

EIOPA opens InsurTech Insight survey

EIOPA is inviting the insurance industry as well as those not directly active in the insurance value chain to provide views on InsurTech, which they define as ‘technology-enabled innovation in insurance that could result in new business models, applications, processes or products with an associated material effect on the provision of insurance products and services’. The […]

EIOPA publishes final set of advice to the Commission on Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), has published its second and final set of advice to the European Commission on the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) formula under the Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation. Highlights include: EIOPA recommends further simplifications and improvements to the calculation of capital requirements, including for fire risk and mass accidents […]

EIOPA consults on adaptation of requirements for insurance intermediaries’ PII and financial capacity

The Insurance Distribution Directive sets out in Article 10 base amounts of PII and minimum financial cover required by insurance and reinsurance intermediaries. It also requires EIOPA to review the prescribed levels of cover by 31 December 2017 and every five years thereafter, in order to take account of changes in the European index of […]

EIOPA translates official IBIPs Guidelines

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published official translations of guidelines under the IDD relating to insurance-based investment products (IBIPs) which incorporate a structure that makes it difficult for the customer to understand the risks involved. In so doing, the guidelines seek to minimise risks of consumer detriment arising from mis-sold IBIPs. […]

Treasury, FCA and EIOPA issue statements regarding continuity of activities and services after Brexit

Along with the PRA’s publication of consultation papers on its intended approach to supervision of third country firms, the Treasury, FCA and ESMA have recently issued statements providing an update on provision to enable firms across Europe to continue to do business after Brexit. The Treasury has announced that if necessary (ie depending on the […]

EIOPA publishes editable IPID template

EIOPA and the European Commission have developed an editable version of the IPID template. Under the IDD, the IPID is required to be provided for non-life insurance products to enable the customer to make a more informed decision. FCA has proposed  for the IPID requirement to only apply to retail customers rather than commercial customers. The […]

EIOPA publishes Opinion on monetary incentives and remuneration between asset managers and insurers

EIOPA has published an Opinion, addressed to national competent authorities (NCAs), which focuses on consumer protection issues related to monetary incentives and remuneration between providers of asset management services and insurance undertakings. While not an issue in all member states, EIOPA has found that unmitigated conflicts of interest and the management of unit-linked policies by insurers […]

EIOPA speaks on insurance and pensions

The Chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), Gabriel Bernardino, delivered a speech at EIOPA’s 7th annual conference on Insurance and Pensions Reloaded: A Game Changer. The speech covered the following four themes that cross over EIOPA’s main strategic priorities: Maintaining sound regulation in an evolving landscape – this included a discussion on […]

EIOPA delivers first set of advice to the European Commission on Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation

The European Commission requested EIOPA to provide technical advice as part of its review of the Solvency Capital Requirement. Following a public consultation, EIOPA has provided advice on the following areas: Simplified calculations; Reducing reliance on external credit ratings; Exposures guaranteed and exposures to regional governments and local authorities; Risk-mitigation techniques; Undertaking specific parameters; Look-through […]

EIOPA publishes guidelines for “execution-only” sales of IBIPs under IDD

Further to a public consultation, EIOPA has published a final report on its guidelines for insurance based investment products (IBIPs) under IDD that incorporate a structure which makes it difficult to understand the risks involved. These guidelines apply to execution-only sales under Article 30(3) of IDD. One of the conditions specified in Article 30(3) of […]

EIOPA speaks on future disruption to the insurance industry

Dr. Manuela Zweimüller, Head of Policy Department at EIOPA, has delivered a speech on what will the future hold? The European insurance industry in times of major disruption. The speech highlights challenges in respect of InsurTech, Brexit and Regulatory stability. EIOPA considers that the insurance industry needs to reinvent itself in respect of InsurTech and […]

EIOPA work programme for 2018

EIOPA has published its Single Programming Document for 2018, highlighting and specifying the activities and tasks for the coming year, within the framework of a multi-annual work programme 2017-2019. EIOPA comments that outcomes of the Brexit negotiations and of the review into the ESAs is still uncertain and has not factored them into its SPD. […]

European Commission publishes rules for insurance product information document under IDD

The European Commission has published a regulation laying down a standardised presentation format for the insurance product information document (IPID) to comply with IDD. The IDD must be transposed into national  law by 28 February 2018 and the IPID must be provided to customers with the necessary information about non-life insurance products in order to […]

EC publishes draft Delegated Regulation on insurance-based investement product requirements under IDD

EC has published for consultation a draft Delegated Regulation supplementing the IDD  concerning information requirements and conduct of business rules applicable to the  distribution of insurance-based investment products. The IDD contains a specific chapter, with additional conduct of business requirements, on the sale of insurance-based investment products. The Delegated Regulation, which is based on previous technical advice […]

EIOPA publishes opinion on supervisory convergence in light of Brexit

EIOPA has provided an Opinion addressed to national supervisory authorities on supervisory convergence in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. EIOPA acknowledges that insurers may be seeking to relocate to or set up a new business in the EU in order to maintain access to the EU single market after Brexit. EIOPA comments […]

EIOPA calls for recovery and resolution framework for insurers

EIOPA has published an Opinion, which proposes a minimum harmonised and comprehensive recovery and resolution framework in the area of recovery and resolution for Solvency 2 (re)insurers. EIOPA’s view is that although Solvency 2 has reduced the likelihood of insurers failing in the future, it is not designed to completely eliminate this risk. Given the […]

ESAs answer questions on the KID requirements for PRIIPs

The ESAs have published the first set of question and answers (Q&A) related to the KID requirements for PRIIPs. The purpose of the Q&A is to promote a common supervisory approach to the implementation of the KID. Stakeholders are invited to submit new questions and the ESAs will continue to answer further questions and will […]

EIOPA consults on first set of advice on Solvency II review

 EIOPA has launched a project in a response to the call for advice by the EC and has published a consultation paper on the first set of advice. EIOPA’s focus is on the review of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/35 and in particular the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) standard formula. The main goals of the review […]

EIOPA publishes first Solvency 2 statistics

EIOPA has published the first set of quarterly statistics on quantitative Solvency II reporting from insurance undertakings and groups in the EU and EEA. The statistics contain aggregated country level information about the balance sheet, own funds, capital requirements, premiums, claims and expenses and  refer to the latest information available at the extraction date.

Commission launches pan-European pensions label

The European Commission is to launch a pan-European pension product (PEPP) that will have the same standard features wherever in the EU it is sold. The PEPP can be offered by a broad range of providers and will complement existing state-based, occupational and national personal pensions but not replace or harmonise any national personal pension […]

EIOPA publishes ORSA assessment

EIOPA has published an assessment of the first supervisory experiences of how European (re)insurance companies have implemented the own risk and solvency assessment (ORSA) process under Solvency II. The key findings are as follows: The majority of (re)insurance undertakings have made good progress in implementing the ORSA process. There is a need for a greater […]

EIOPA speaks on Brexit – “empty shells or letter boxes are not acceptable”

Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman of EIOPA, delivered a speech on opportunities, challenges and regulatory developments. Mr Bernardino concluded his speech with an explanation that EIOPA’s priority on Brexit is focused on the supervisory approach towards the insurers based in the UK seeking relocation of subsidiaries in the EU. He confirmed in his speech that empty shells or letter […]

EIOPA signs another Memorandum of Understanding with World Bank

EIOPA and the World Bank have entered into a further Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU is for a period of three years and replaces the MoU signed in 2013. The Parties intend to collaborate, with a focus on insurance, on the common projects and areas of collaboration as outlined in the MoU. The Parties’ […]

EIOPA publishes 2016 annual report

EIOPA has published its annual report which reviews its mandate and programme of work during 2016. Highlights of what EIOPA considers to be its top achievements in 2016 include: Developments of the KID for PRIIPs. EIOPA’s readiness for Solvency II reporting. EIOPA Insurance Stress Test 2016. Launch of an EU-wide thematic review of market conduct among […]

eiopa responds to commission’s consultation on fintech

EIOPA has responded to the Commission’s consultation on FinTech. EIPOA notes that digitalisation / InsurTech is of strategic importance for the insurance and pensions sector. It has an impact in all of the areas of the value chain. They also note that there are  some risks arising from digitalisation that supervisory authorities need to examine very […]

eiopa to publish guidance on sound principles for authorisation and supervision in light of brexit

EIOPA’s (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) head of policy, Manuela Zweimuller, has announced at a conference that EIOPA will publish the guidance with a view to arming national regulators against the risk of regulatory arbitrage that may be on the radar of member state politicians.        

EIOPA publishes thematic review on monetary incentives and remuneration between insurers and providers of asset management services

EIOPA has published its thematic review on consumer protection issues in the unit-linked market emerging from the business relations between providers of asset management services and insurance undertakings. The review collected evidence from a sample of 1,800 underlying investment vehicles used by insurance undertakings in the structuring of unit-linked funds across 28 Member States. The […]

EIOPA calls for evidence following European Commission’s 2nd request for technical advice on Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation

EIOPA is seeking responses on the treatment of unlisted equity and debt without an External Credit Assessment Institution rating in the standard formula. This request is further to the European Commission’s request for advice on the same. EIOPA will prepare draft advice to the Commission following any feedback received and plans to start a consultation in November 2017 […]

EIOPA proposes draft IPID

EIOPA has submitted draft ITS under the IDD for the Insurance Product Information Document (IPID). Much like its various predecessors and counterparts in other products, the IPID is designed to provide concise, simple and comparable information about non-life insurance products so consumers can take an informed decision on their purchases. The IDD already mandates the […]

PRIIPs delegated regulation regarding product intervention published in OJ

The Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1904 supplementing the PRIIPs Regulation was published in the Official Journal on 29 October 2016. Under the PRIIPs Regulation, national competent authorities and EIOPA have intervention powers to intervene in the marketing, distribution or sale of insurance-based investment products, financial activities or practices. This Delegated Regulation sets out a list […]